Sa­cred sax

BBC Music Magazine - - Letters -

I hope none of your read­ers has been search­ing for a record­ing of Ber­lioz’s beau­ti­ful Chant sacré in his own ar­range­ment for Sax’s in­stru­ments (Cover fea­ture, Septem­ber), as the score has been lost. Ber­lioz’s fuller orches­tra­tion, how­ever, uses two bass clar­inets to good ef­fect – he was of course aware of Sax’s re­cent im­prove­ments to that in­stru­ment. At a re­cent 19th-cen­tury mu­sic con­fer­ence in ★ud­der­s­field, I en­joyed a mod­ern tran­scrip­tion of Chant sacré finely played on sax­horns. I think both com­poser and in­ven­tor would have en­joyed it too.

Ju­lian Rush­ton, Hud­der­s­field

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